Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremonies
Posted on 05/28/2021
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The Indian Lake High School Class of 2021 is off to write, and if necessary rewrite, their story!

A total of 113 seniors graduated in Commencement Ceremonies held in Laker Stadium, for the first time in recent history. There was a buzz of celebration as hundreds of family and friends were able to watch the graduation in the fresh air. 

Indian Lake Community Church Lighthouse Youth Pastor and ILHS alum Tara Cascioli was the commencement speaker. She told the graduates she understands the pressure they are under at this time to formulate their future. 

“Many of you have a plan for what happens next, the next chapter of your story.  But if you don’t have your life written out on paper, that’s ok!” Cascioli said, “Don’t close your book just yet. You’re actually right where your story begins.”

Senior Class President Ashlyn Shaner also addressed her classmates. She took a quick trip down memory lane, recalling being the last class to have attended Huntsville Elementary School and laughing over how much they’ve grown as people since their middle school years. 

“We were a menace to the teachers and administration at times!” Shaner joked.

As is tradition, Indian Lake Guidance Counselors Greg Tuttle and Alyce Weygant revealed the Top Ten students based on grade point average for the Class of 2021. 

They are: (10) Hayden Pummel, (9) Douglas Bungard, (8) Kayla Roberts, (7) Samantha Swygart, (6) Ella Wagner, (5) Allix Cotterman, (4) Raelyn Parsell, (3) Salutatorian Jacob King and Valedictorians Ryan Braig and Ashlyn Shaner. 

The entire Class of 2021 and many in the stadium gave a heartfelt standing ovation as the parents of Courtney Hubbard crossed the stage in her memory. Stacy Hubbard carried a doll in Courtney’s likeness, made by senior Isaac Fent, to receive her diploma. Courtney’s story ended much too soon when she took her own life in early 2020 after suffering from mental illness. 

Shaner led the seniors in the turning of their tassels and hat toss, then they stepped out of the stadium as ILHS Graduates. 

Prior to commencement, ILHS seniors hosted a baccalaureate ceremony in the auditorium.

See a complete video of the day put together by the ILHS Journalism Class at

Graduation Practice

The Indian Lake Class of 2021 is set for Commencement Ceremonies starting at 2 pm on Sunday, May 23rd. 

They all gathered for graduation practice and a class cookout on their official last day of school. The seniors walked through what ceremonies will look like outside in the stadium and inside the main gym, if weather forces the ceremony inside. 

A few notes on Graduation...

**If you plan to attend, please dress for hot weather. The forecast is predicting partly sunny, mid 80s. We will only move to the ILHS Main Gym in case of storms. 

**Laker Stadium will open at 1:00 pm. 

**Baccalaureate is at 1 pm in the Auditorium.

**Please bring water to stay hydrated. 

**NO masks are required outside. IF we move inside, we ask that you wear a mask.   

**Graduates must be dressed and in their seats in the Aux Gym at 1:45 pm. 

**Graduation will be live streamed on the IL Schools Facebook page. Audio will be tied to the microphones, so the sound quality should be fine. 

Congratulations to Ohio Hi-Point, Bellefontaine and Riverside as they graduate this evening! Let's have a safe weekend and we'll see you at the stadium on Sunday! 

Class of 2021

Tara Cascioli
The ILHS 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Laker Stadium. There is no limit on the number of family members who may attend this exciting event. 

Currently the forecast looks favorable for an outdoor ceremony. However, in case of inclement weather, we will move Graduation into the ILHS Main Gym. In light of recent easing of restrictions, we will not limit the number of family members who may attend a possible indoor ceremony and tickets will not be necessary. Because we are a state-funded public facility still under Ohio Health orders, we must require masks for anyone attending an inside graduation. In addition, we ask that you make reasonable decisions about who should be attending such a large gathering. If someone is immune-compromised or otherwise in poor health, we suggest they take advantage of our Facebook livestream broadcast of the ceremony. 
The commencement speaker will be 2007 ILHS Graduate Tara Cascioli. 

We very much look forward to welcoming our Class of 2021 family and friends and celebrating the many accomplishments of our Indian Lake Seniors!

Tara Cascioli is a 2007 graduate of Indian Lake High School. While at Indian Lake, Tara was very active in several groups and organizations, including but not limited to, Meistersingers, Vocal Jazz, cheerleading, Key Club, Student Council, and Senior Class President. After high school, Tara continued her education at Otterbein University earning a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Leadership Studies. During her time at Otterbein, Tara again joined several groups and organizations such as: dance team, PRSSA, Ubuntu Mentoring, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Staying active and involved has always been a high priority for her.

Tara was married in 2013 to her husband, Larry, and is the mother of 3 silly little boys, Reed, Bo, and Jack. 

Aside from being a wife and mother, Tara has been on a mission to find her calling and the best fit for her in the workforce. After many attempts, Tara finally found a career that seems to be suited for her, that gives her joy and fulfillment each day. Tara is the Youth Pastor for Ignite Student Ministries and Worship Leader at The Lighthouse at Indian Lake. Her days are filled with music, children, and an always essential part of her plan, helping others. If you are ever in need of a quick pep talk or just a listening ear, her door at The Lookout is always open.